sail-world.com
 
 
News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery
Sail-World.com : Solitaire du Figaro - Tie-break à Roscoff
Solitaire du Figaro - Tie-break à Roscoff


'Arrivée de la troisième étape - Gijon/Roscoff - 2013 Solitaire du Figaro'    © Alexis Courcoux

En remportant avec brio la troisième manche de La Solitaire du Figaro-Eric Bompard cachemire, Morgan Lagravière réalise un superbe passing-shot au classement général cumulé, montant sur la deuxième marche du podium. Frédéric Duthil qui a assuré en fond de court, grimpe au sommet et Yann Eliès se prend un revers… Et derrière, une dizaine de joueurs montent aussi au filet à l'orée d'un ultime set pour le gain du match!

Le match joue les prolongations : cette 44ème édition de La Solitaire du Figaro se démarque de bien des précédentes car il y a une sérieuse remise à plat à l'issue de cette étape bretonne ! Les têtes de série ont été bousculées à l'image de Jérémie Beyou (Maître CoQ), Michel Desjoyeaux (TBS), Armel Le Cléac'h (Banque Populaire) ou Gildas Morvan (Cercle Vert). Et c'est un joueur de fond de court qui mène la danse : Frédéric Duthil (Sepalumic) se hisse en haut du tableau avec une 2ème place au premier jeu (Bordeaux-Porto), une 10ème place au deuxième (Porto-Gijon) et une 8ème place au troisième (Gijon-Roscoff).

Mais avec moins d'une demie heure de marge à l'issue de ces trois premières manches, le Morbihannais, ancien planchiste de haut vol, n'a pas trop le choix pour conclure : il va devoir se placer sur la ligne médiane en parant les coups droits et les revers que ne manqueront pas de lui renvoyer une meute qui ne s'en laisse pas compter ! Et au premier chef, le talentueux passeur Morgan Lagravière (Vendée) déjà deuxième en 2012 qui fait monter la pression depuis le départ du tournoi : 14ème à Porto, 2ème à Gijon, 1er à Roscoff…

Arrivée de la troisième étape - Gijon/Roscoff - 2013 Solitaire du Figaro -  © Alexis Courcoux  
Yann Eliès (Groupe Quéguiner-Leucémie espoir) qui avait réalisé un magnifique « ace » dès le premier « set » en s'imposant au Portugal, a eu plus de mal à monter au filet sur le deuxième échange (5ème en Espagne) et surtout s'est perdu sur le « court » lorsqu'il a fallu « slicer » dans le golfe de Gascogne avant de monter au filet d'Yeu. En difficulté au passage de l'île vendéenne suite à son décalage sur la gauche du terrain de jeu quand la météo était amortie par une bulle anticyclonique, le leader d'alors a peiné pour revenir dans le match.

Puis le bris de son étai au tournant du « jeu » entre Belle-Île et Penmarc'h lui a enlevé toute chance de scorer avec comme priorité la préservation du matériel : le Breton a dû progresser sous foc solent et parfois grand-voile à un ris et sans ballast pour ne pas trop solliciter cette « tendinite » du gréement… Bilan : 21ème à Roscoff et près de deux heures perdues sur Morgan Lagravière !

Après trois « sets », il y a donc trois vainqueurs d'étape : Yann Eliès, Armel Le Cléac'h, Morgan Lagravière. Une configuration qui rappelle l'édition 2009 quand Nicolas Lunven (Generali) s'était imposé au final sans jamais remporter une manche ! Mais cette fois, ils sont nombreux les prétendants au trophée et encore plus nombreux, les challengers pour le podium. Car si Frédéric Duthil avec une demie heure peut encore se permettre d'assurer ses arrières en jouant court, le duel Lagravière-Eliès est quasiment assuré de se terminer au tie-break : seules deux minutes et demi séparent les prétendants…

Pour autant, les challengers sont nombreux même si les écarts en temps sont déjà plus conséquents : Xavier Macaire (Skipper Hérault) est à trois quarts d'heure du nouveau leader mais impressionne par la régularité de son jeu (4ème à Porto, 17ème à Gijon, 3ème à Roscoff). Le Méditerranéen a la « balle » et ne se disperse pas sur l'eau avec une stratégie d'attente sur la ligne médiane. Yoann Richomme (DLBC) est aussi une des révélations de cette édition avec une présence constante au filet (10ème à Porto, 6ème à Gijon, 6ème à Roscoff) et une heure de retard sur le leader, une demie heure pour accéder au podium.

Arrivée Morgan Lagravière (Vendée), 1er à Roscoff - 2013 Solitaire du Figaro -  © Alexis Courcoux  
A surveiller aussi le vainqueur de La Solitaire du Figaro 2009, Nicolas Lunven à trois minutes seulement de ce prédécesseur ! Le Vannetais n'avait pas trouvé le bon tempo lors des deux premiers échanges, mais a retrouvé son coup droit coupé aux passages des îles. Il va devoir servir fort dès le départ de Roscoff pour sortir de la Manche l'avantage décisif… Et parmi les solitaires émergents, Alexis Loison (Groupe Fiva) brille avec ses coups liftés (5ème à Porto, 15ème à Gijon, 12ème à Roscoff).

Car derrière, les poids lourds du tournoi alternent les effets coupés et les premières balles « kickées » : Jérémie Beyou pointe à la 8ème place à 1h13' du leader au classement général, Fabien Delahaye (Skipper Macif 2012) est 9ème à 1h17', Michel Desjoyaux revient à la 11ème position grâce à sa bonne prestation bretonne à 1h41' du premier, Armel Le Cléac'h a encore des atouts pour jouer un beau « set » à domicile à 1h49'…

Ensuite, Damien Guillou (La Solidarité Mutualiste) concède déjà plus de deux heures à Frédéric Duthil et doit surveiller ses arrières avec des habitués du tournoi comme Gildas Morvan, seulement deux minutes derrière et Paul Meilhat (Skipper Macif 2011) à trois minutes. Les objectifs de podium ne sont plus d'actualité pour ces joueurs mais un coup d'éclat et une progression au classement « ATP » de La Solitaire du Figaro-Eric Bompard cachemire rassure non seulement sur son niveau cette saison, mais aussi les partenaires qui soutiennent ces coureurs émergents.

Enfin il ne faut pas oublier le meilleur des six étrangers venus en découdre sur cette « exception culturelle » française : Sam Goodchild (Shelterbox-Disaster Relief) pointe en 10ème position au général avec une régularité de métronome (8ème au Portugal, 11ème en Espagne, 14ème en Bretagne). Or la capacité à parer les « rétros » et les « lobs » est souvent l'assurance d'une montée en puissance quand le match tire en longueur!

D'ores et déjà, l'ultime échange entre Roscoff et Dieppe va imposer de monter au filet dès la première balle : entre perturbation orageuse et dorsale anticyclonique aux velléités d'expansion sur la Manche dès le lendemain du départ donné jeudi 20 juin à midi, il y a des coups droits à ajuster et des revers à éviter!

La Solitaire website


by Marie Le Berrigaud Perochon

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.sail-world.com/index.cfm?nid=110285

3:52 PM Sun 16 Jun 2013GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.







News - USA and the World

The International Moth Class isn't exactly a new sailing class, yet the learning curve would have to be one of the steepest out there. Moths have been on foils for almost 10 years, yet besides talking to fellow moth sailors, there isn't a lot of information out there to help you master the skills and techniques needed to fly ... [more]  

America's Cup: Full CAS report finds both ISAF and de Ridder at fault *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
The Decision of the Court for Arbitration of Sport over the suspension of Dutch sailor Dirk de Ridder has been circulated. The report, which was earlier reported in summary form as to the decision, confirms a 18month suspension on de Ridder, one of the Netherlands' top sailors ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Australia’s premier ocean race has always had an international flavour; Captain Illingworth, who started the whole Sydney Hobart thing was, after all, an Englishman. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Ocean sailors are daft; why else would you think it a good idea to take a modern ocean racing yacht around the world on her own bottom to compete in lots and lots of races, some thousands of miles long? ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - The island is off the NSW south coast, 155 nautical miles south of Sydney’s South Head and about 6 nm south-east of Narooma. Its lighthouse, built of granite quarried on the island, began operating in 1881. The island is a protected nature reserve. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Hundreds of Australian sailors spend their lives trying to win the Tattersall’s Cup; year after year they declare in Hobart that this was their last Rolex Sydney Hobart - definitely - for sure. But 12 months later you spot them again at the Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, tinkering with their pride and joy and nervously eying off Boxing Day ... [more]  

America's Cup: Lawsuit against Oracle Racing lodged in San Francisco *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
In further legal fallout from the 34th America's Cup one of the New Zealand sailors named in an action bought by the International Sailing Federation has in turn lodged a lawsuit in a California Court against his former racing team, Oracle Racing Inc over boat fixing in America's Cup World Series ... [more]  

2017 J/80 World Championships: The Royal Southern Yacht Club (RSrnYC) has an active J/80 fleet and attracts many more of the class to its summer series of regattas run annually from May through to September, in addition to match racing J/80s in the annual Grade 2 Match Cup. ... [more]  

Spectacular fire on Sydney Harbour captured on video *Feature by Richard Gladwell, Sail-World.com/nz
Sydney sailing sports photographer, Beth Morley was on Sydney Harbour, capturing images of the Friday night racing, when a luxury launch caught fire nearby. I was out photographing the Ransa Sailing yacht race this evening when I saw smoke coming from the back of a large cruise boat around the back of Sow and Pigs (reef) area towards Middle Head. ... [more]  

Clipper Round the World: The award is in recognition of the way he directed his crew during a dramatic man overboard rescue in the harsh northern Pacific Ocean last March. The Rod Stephens Trophy for Outstanding Seamanship is an internationally renowned trophy awarded annually for an act of seamanship which significantly contributes to the safety of a yacht, or one or more individuals at sea. ... [more]  

OK Dinghy Worlds: Some sailors will even be in transit over the festive period, so thoughts of overindulgence will be a long way from their minds as they focus on the challenge ahead – overcoming the strong Australian team and preparing for the conditions on Port Phillip Bay. However, if the event is true to form - there will be overindulgence in competitive and fun racing. ... [more]  

The Decision of the Court for Arbitration of Sport over the suspension of Dutch sailor Dirk de Ridder has been circulated. The report, which was earlier reported in summary form as to the decision, confirms a 18month suspension on de Ridder, one of the Netherlands' top sailors ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - With the early weather outlook for next week’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Race indicating it will be a sometimes torrid all-round test over the 628 nautical miles, the highly experienced crew of race record holder Wild Oats XI is feeling comfortable but not over-confident. ... [more]  

Hanohano Outrigger Canoe Club, Huki Outrigger, and Hoven Vision present the 19th Annual Hanohano Huki Ocean Challenge to be held in Mission Bay, San Diego, Ca. on January 24th, 2015. ... [more]  

Photographer Andrea Francolini was on the water to provided this gallery of images of Comanche. ... [more]  

Images from Mauritius as the Team Vestas Wind recovery crew prepare to depart for the Cargados Carajos Shoals, over 200nm away. The team have acquired some salvage equipment and will live aboard a chartered boat and attempt to float the boat over the reef and into the lagoon. ... [more]  

The skipper of Mapfre, Iker Martinez will leave the Campos managed Volvo Ocean Race entry for the third Leg of the Volvo Ocean Race. The team cites a conflict between Martinez's Olympic commitments in the Nacra 17 and the Volvo Ocean Race, as the reason for the departure which the team says was a planned move. ... [more]  

Team Vestas Wind skipper Chris Nicholson (AUS) has flown back to a remote Indian Ocean reef to help oversee a complicated operation to retrieve his stranded boat after it was grounded there during Leg 2 of the Volvo Ocean Race nearly three weeks ago. ... [more]  

The America's Cup Competitor Forum, comprising the six teams registered for the 2017 America’s Cup, has appointed Iain Murray as Regatta Director. The appointment was tipped a month ago in Sail-World.com. Under the Protocol for the 35th America's Cup, the appointment has to be approved by the majority of the competitors. ... [more]  

Rolex Sydney Hobart Race: The intention to enter the fleet of twelve Clipper 70s in the 71st edition has just been confirmed by Clipper Race organisers. The RSHYR will form part of the biennial Clipper Race series for a second time. The round-the-world fleet created much interest in 2013 as amateur sailors from over 40 different nationalities competed as part of their 40,000 mile circumnavigation. ... [more]  

If you missed this week's edition of Adventures of a Sailor Girl, then hear the replay below. This week's show is the 34th. Sailing news in sixty seconds-ish (2:46). Sail Sydney: Josh McKnight (Moth, 9:43), Tom Spithill (Moth, 12:45), Olivia Price & Eliza Solly (FX, 15:24) Tom Burton (Laser, 23:20) James Wierzbowski (Extreme 40's, 32:08) and much more ... [more]  

RORC Transatlantic Race 2014: Isabelle Haudiquet was on the helm as the bright yellow hull blasted through the finish line. Having safely moored Bingo after 17 days at sea, the French crew enjoyed a cold beer dockside at Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina. ... [more]  

Volvo Ocean Race: Chris Nicholson Interview - Part 3 - On the Atoll *Feature by Richard Gladwell/Sail-World.com/nz
Final part of a three part, 80 minute, interview with Team Vestas Wind skipper, Chris Nicholson on the wrecking of the Volvo Ocean Race yacht on an idyllic atoll in the South Indian Ocean during the night of November 29. In this part, Nicholson tell what happened once the crew stepped aboard the local coastguard boat just after dawn, and subsequent trips back to the wreck. ... [more]  

The Safety Requirements and Recommendations (SRR) for the 2015 Bell's Bayview Mackinac Race are now published. On Saturday, March 21, Bayview will be hosting Mark Thornton for his presentation and seminar 'Preparing Your Mac Forecast: A Workshop For Sailors.' ... [more]  

2015 International 14 World Championship - Four-time World Champion, Britain’s Archie Massey, expects racing in the titles at Geelong, Australia, will be tight. ... [more]  

The 2014 WWA Wake Park World Series (WPWS) officially ended this past weekend at one of the most fun and progressive cable parks on the globe; Thai Wake Park (TWP) in Bangkok, Thailand. With tons of advanced new features in the lake, top Wakeboarders from all over the world tightened up their boots and hit the water for what would be a groundbreaking finish to a historical WPWS season. ... [more]  

The most significant sailing performances of the year are being heralded by US Sailing with the announcement of the ten men and seven women who have been shortlisted for the 2014 Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year awards. ... [more]  

A successful medal haul for the Australian Sailing Team (AST) at the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Melbourne with five gold, five silver and three bronze in the Olympic class program, plus two gold and one bronze in the Paralympic fleet. Hear what the sailors had to say about their performance, along with some great video footage of the week's racing on Port Phillip. ... [more]  

Bart’s Bash, the global sailing race that took place in 60 countries around the world, on September 21st, 2014 raised an incredible £366,391.95 for the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation. The race was held in memory of Andrew 'Bart' Simpson, the Olympic gold medal sailor who died in May 2013. ... [more]  

RORC Transatlantic: As with every yacht participating in the race, staff from Camper & Nicholsons Port Louis Marina greeted the French team on arrival with warm congratulations, a cold beer and a welcome basket from the Grenadian Tourism Association on behalf of the people of Grenada. The crew of five looked tired after nearly 17 days at sea, but owner, Frank Lang was full of praise for his crew. ... [more]  

2014 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Perpetual Loyal is no stranger to the Rolex Sydney Hobart. Winning line honours in 2011, they have continued to be a contender, especially in heavier breezes. ... [more]  

In a lot of ways, it was kind of befitting that the best conditions of the last day of the Sailing World Cup – Melbourne, were saved for the Women’s Laser Radial Medal Race. Apart from highlighting them in glorious sunshine, like Huey’s own spotlights, it also brought into frame that were only two girls 470 crews in attendance for the regatta. ... [more]  

The website for the 2015 Finn Gold Cup in Takapuna, New Zealand, has been launched. The Finn class is eagerly anticipating a return to Takapuna Boating Club for what will be only the second Finn World Championship to be held in New Zealand. It will have been 35 years since Cam Lewis (USA) beat John Bertrand (USA) in a thrilling final race showdown in 1980, to take the Gold Cup. ... [more]  

Great signed Limited Edition sailing books by Bob Fisher for Christmas
Clipper Race - Sir Robin Knox-Johnston to mentor young South African
IFDS Worlds 2014 New Video Memories - Halifax is just a click away!
McDougall + McConaghy Moth Worlds 2015 - Must see, seriously fun event
Volvo Ocean Race: Chris Nicholson Interview - Part 2 - On the Rocks *Feature
Successful St. Maarten Regatta Beach Clean-Up at Kim Sha Beach
US Sailing releases Rio 2016 Olympic Trials System
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Oldies return
Volvo Ocean Race sets up independent inquiry into Vestas Wind disaster
Volvo Ocean Race: Team Brunel: sweet victory
RORC Transatlantic Race - Apollo 7 touch down
2014 OK Dinghy Worlds Preview one - Last but not least
Melges 24 Christmas Sprint Series - Christmas comes early for Red Mist
Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act 8 - Superb podium finish for Realteam
Volvo Ocean Race: Chris Nicholson on the Team Vestas Wind disaster - 1 *Feature
USA 4 Windsurfing campaign
Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - One last modification to Wild Oats XI
Sydney-Hobart: Wacky Races 2 - Frosty, Hoonigan and Wilbo *Feature
RORC Transatlantic Race 2014 - Big adventure comes to an end
ISAF World Sailing Rankings – 15 December 2014
Comanche; Supermaxi Showdown VIDEO   
Miami Star Winter Series - Commodores Cup Final day   
2014/15 Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - Jason Michas wins   
2014 RORC Transatlantic Race - Yacana crosses finish line   
2014 Extreme Sailing Series - Act 8 - Swiss team Alinghi wins   
Extreme Sailing Series: Images from Act 8 + Series' Highlights video   
Volvo Ocean Race: Dongfeng Race Team - Leg Two review   
Extreme Sailing Series: Alinghi crowned 2014 and Sydney champions   
Extreme Sailing Series -Sydney Land Rover recognises talent   
ISAF Sailing World Cup Melbourne - Medal Race Images   
Extreme Sailing Series: Alinghi dons ESS Crown, Oman Air wins award   
18ft Skiffs: Rooklyn scores win in Syd. Barnett Jr. Memorial Trophy   
ISAF Sailing World Cup: Fan cranks up for final Melbourne day + Videos   
Miami Star Winter Series - Commodores Cup Day 1   
Extreme Sailing Series: Delayed coverage - Day 4 +Audio *Feature   
Volvo Ocean Race - Dongfeng score another excellent result   
Audi Melges 20 Miami Winter Series - Fleet rumbles in Miami   
Extreme Sailing Series - The Wave, Muscat see championship bid slip   
2014 RORC Transatlantic Race - From acorns grow oaks   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Brunel (NED) wins Leg 2   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/FaceBook-icon.png  http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW US
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT